Earth’s most breathtaking bridges

Some bridges are high, some are long and some are old. But there are just some bridges that take your breath away! Have you been lucky enough to cross any of these?

Helix Bridge, Singapore

Designed to resemble DNA, Singapore’s Helix Bridge is a pedestrian overpass that is a spectacular wonder when lit up with blue lights at night. Made of glass and steel mesh, the bridge opened in 2010 and is a top place to gaze at the mesmerising views of the Singapore skyline.


Royal Gorge Bridge, USA

Hanging over one of the many great gorges of Colorado, the Royal Gorge Bridge is a terrifying beauty! This suspension bridge hovers almost 300 metres above the Arkansas River and is a popular spot for amazing landscape viewing before heading into the surrounding theme park.


Pearl Bridge, Japan

Otherwise known as the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, this bridging feat runs for nearly 2 kilometres from the Akashi Straits to Kobe. It will make you feel as if you’re literally driving along the ocean. Unsurprisingly, it’s the longest suspension bridge in the world. 


Atlantic Road, Norway

Fjordland, Norway, is breathtaking at even the worst of times. The Atlantic Road that stretches across is an amazing zig-zag of bridges looping over waters and islands. If you love the idea of scaling lots of bridges all on one road trip, this is the place to do it. 


Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK

If you’re ever in Newcastle, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will definitely take your breath away. Sitting over the Tyne River, this tilts one way to allow for pedestrians and the opposite way to let ships pass. Ingenious! 


Chengyang Bridge, China

Set amongst the beautiful, green backdrop of the Chinese countryside, the ‘Wind and Rain’ Bridge (because it provides shelter from the wind and rain) is used both as a bridge between villages and as a place to gather during wet weather. 


Pont du Gard Aqueduct, France

The Roman Empire didn’t like to hold back, and the same mentality applied to their bridges! The Pont du Gard Aqueduct, located in Gard, is 50 metres high and a whopping 50 kilometres long. Completed sometime in the 1st Century A.D. (supposedly), this roman aqueduct is thought to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture.


Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Italy

Nothing could suit the gorgeous Italian town of Florence more than this quaint Medieval bridge, which stretches over the Arno River. This bridge is famed for housing various shops – including jewellers, souvenir stores and art dealers – that originally belonged to butchers and fishermen in older times. 


Si-O-Seh Pol Bridge, Iran

Spanning across the infamous Zayandeh River for just under 300 metres, the Siose Bridge came into being in the early 1600s and served both as a bridge and as a place to protect people from the elements. At night, it lights up to provide a truly breathtaking sight that’s full of reflection!


Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore

It’s the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore and at 36 metres up, who wouldn’t want to go for a walk (or a cycle) along it! The beautiful green parks of the Southern Ridges of Singapore are a must-see for any traveller and the bridge is a wonderful way to walk from park to park.

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